Principal Doctrine 18

“When once the pain caused by need has been removed, bodily pleasure will not be increased in amount but only varied in quality. The mind attains its utmost pleasure in reflecting on the very things that used to cause the greatest mental fears and on things like them.” (Epicurus, Principal Doctrine 18)

Translated by Russel Geer (1964)

Philosopher with Mirror by Jusepe de Ribera (1600-1652)